Wrong-way pursuit ends in crash, deputies say

By Nick Jones - Digital producer

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - A pursuit that began after a call about a burglary outside a fitness center in St. Augustine ended in a wrong-way crash Thursday evening, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Chuck Mulligan with the Sheriff's Office said a dispatcher received a call that someone broke into a car at the Anytime Fitness on US-1 South. Witnesses gave a description of the car two suspects were in, and deputies found the car driving on the highway.

As deputies attempted to pull the driver over, the car continued driving and went down the wrong side of the road, and a purse, later determined to be stolen, was thrown out the passenger window. Investigators said the car the deputies were pursuing crashed into oncoming traffic near the intersection of South Ponce De Leon Boulevard.

After the crash, the Sheriff's Office said the driver got out and took off on foot. He ran a short distance and was Tasered by a deputy before he surrendered.

Deputies say the man, Rickain Trey Johnson, 23, threw a phone, which was determined to be stolen. Johnson was taken to jail on numerous charges after he was medically cleared at the hospital.

The passenger in the car was identified by the Sheriff's Office as Quanisha Nicole Bryant, 22. She too was taken to jail after she was medically cleared.

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